February 6, 2016

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Amherst swears in new fire chief


AMHERST — Retiring Amherst Fire Chief Wayne Northeim has kept a photo on his desk for the past 20 years. The picture shows himself and fellow firefighter Greg Knoll when both were promoted to captains in 1996. Northeim, who turns 60 this spring, is retiring after 30 years. Knoll, 51, was sworn in Tuesday night Read More…

Amherst man badly injured New Year’s Eve

LORAIN — Ringing in the New Year with his friends left one man in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. According to Lorain police, Michael Ostanock, 42, of Amherst, arrived 7:30 p.m. Thursday at a house on the 700 block of East Erie Avenue to “hang out and celebrate the New Year.” Ostanock Read More…

Local government offices to have shortened hours for New Year’s holiday

Over the New Year holiday weekend, most government offices will have curtailed office hours. The Lorain County Justice Center and county government will be closed Thursday and Friday for the New Year. City offices in Avon, Avon Lake, Lorain, North Ridgeville, Sheffield, Sheffield Lake and Wellington will be closed Friday. In Amherst, government offices will Read More…

17-year-old runaway found in Cincinnati

AMHERST — A 17-year-old boy who has been missing since Dec. 17 has been reunited with his family. Keegan Lawcock, a senior at Amherst High School, who was last seen before bed the night of Dec. 17, was found in Cincinnati at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He is being held at Turning Point. His father, Michael Read More…

Amherst family seeks information on missing teen

Keegan Lawcock

AMHERST — A 17-year-old boy has been missing since Dec. 17; and now, his family just wants him home in time for the holidays. Keegan Lawcock, a senior at Amherst High School, was last seen before bed the night of Dec. 17. He is 5-foor-7 and weighs 130 pounds. He has red hair and blue Read More…

Amherst officials see first raises in years

AMHERST — When Dave Taylor took office as mayor 12 years ago he voluntarily took a 10 percent pay cut. “I wasn’t in it for the money,” Taylor said.  “Money was tight in the general fund and I felt it was better spent by making it available to the general fund.” Over the years, City Read More…

Amherst man arrested in crowbar attack in Erie County

Corey Graziano

An Amherst man was arrested Friday for allegedly attacking another man with a crowbar at an Erie County home. Corey Graziano, 27, was charged with one count of felonious assault, according to the Sandusky Register. Erie County deputies were called to a home in the 10800 block of Burrows Road shortly after 2 a.m. on Read More…

New Amherst mayor Costilow appoints safety-service director

AMHERST — A veteran member of two city boards who was active in the campaigns to elect outgoing Mayor David Taylor and incoming Mayor Mark Costilow has been named the city’s new safety-service director. Costilow announced Tuesday that he has tabbed John H. Jeffreys to succeed himself in the part-time post. A 25-year Amherst resident, Read More…

It’s not even Thanksgiving, but Operation Christmas Child is a go

Volunteers pack shoeboxes Monday for Operation Christmas Child at Christian Unity Church in Grafton.

ELYRIA — Even if it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet, busy little elves across the county are gearing up for the holiday with Operation Christmas Child. This is national collection week, where volunteers gather up shoeboxes filled with gifts to send to children around the world — and you can help. Shoeboxes with toys, school Read More…

GALLERY: Korean War mural dedicated in Amherst


AMHERST — Artist Mike Sekletar painted a mural commemorating the Korean War on Park Street. The mural was dedicated Wednesday for Veterans Day, with Lou Maglio of WJW-TV serving as master of ceremonies.